Author: Shonali Paul
Journal: Biobanking.com, June 19, 2023
Abstract: Biobanks offer great potential to researchers by saving them the effort and resources required to gather, store, and manage samples and data. Through the pooling of extensive data sets, known as “big data,” researchers can tackle crucial questions about public health on a local and global scale. However, even though biobanks are promoted as a beneficial resource for the public, not enough attention has been given to understanding how they affect the environment. The conversations surrounding biobank management fail to address their environmental consequences adequately. This is a worrying oversight because biobanks do have a significant carbon footprint, and it’s crucial to address this aspect when talking about how they should be governed.